THIS EVENT IS CO-LISTED WITH AAP AND SOA WITH A MAXIMUM OF 24 PEOPLE COMBINED. PLEASE ONLY SIGN UP ON ONE MEET-UP SITE. This is not a beginner paddle.
This will be the forth of a series of four kayak trips being held on Sundays in June and August (I will be OOT a good bit of July). We will cover the 44 miles of the Chattahoochee River in reverse order with the furthest south being first and the furthest north being last because it is the hardest.
Spend the day kayaking with Barbara and Roxanne 13 miles down stream along the hooch. We will meet at Buford Dam, Lower Park at 9:00 am and paddle to the Abbott’s Bridge Unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. The event should last approximately 8 hours. This section is the beginning of the 44 total miles of paddling that is available with convenient ramps and take-outs on the way to Vinings near Atlanta. The river bottom is visible for most of the paddle and sightings of trout and other fish are common. Turtles, heron, and possibly Eagles can be sighted along the way.
We'll gather at the Park at the base of Buford Dam at 9:00 am and drop our boats and gear. Boats unloaded and ready to shuttle by 9:00am. All possible vehicles will then be shuttled down to Abbott's Bridge take-out and we'll ride back up to the Dam and begin our ride! The idea is to be on the water by 10:30am for the 13 mile ride to Abbott's Bridge. This is a HARD paddle. Experienced paddlers only. There is one Class II section called Rescue Rock...yes I have rescued people previously.
This is a BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat), paddle and PFD. Kayaks and Canoes are welcome. Rubber Rafts, Tubes and any other soft floats are not suitable for this trip, please. PFD's must be worn from the Dam put-in to the Highway 20 bridge by requirement of the GA DNR. From that point on, PFD's must be present in your boat.
We will stop at Settle's Bridge for lunch about 4 1/2 miles into the paddle. From there we’ll paddle the rest of the way to Abbott's Bridge, 8 miles further down the river, take out on the left.
PLEASE RSVP YES ONLY. DO NOT RSVP NO UNLESS YOU CHANGE FROM A YES TO A NO.
I need you cell phone number as well so you can either email that to me privately or shoot me an email through the meet-up site.
Barbara Schlefman [masked];[masked] before event[masked] (day of event) OR Roxanne Ortmann [masked];[masked] mornings at home;[masked]n day of event
COST: $5.00 will be collected from everyone and will be divided among the shuttle drivers for their added gas as well as added driving.
Chattahoochee map: http://www.nps.gov/chat/planyourvisit/upload/CHATParkMap.pdf If you download this map you will see that we will be paddling from 348 to 335.
Required Items to Bring:
Boat (Canoe or Kayak), PFD, paddle.
Dry bag to keep gear dry and protected.
Snack and drinks for lunch and to stay hydrated.
River capable shoes or sandals or crocs. No Flip Flops please.
A little bit of patience and a great deal of love for the river!
Sunscreen, hat, sun glasses and temperature appropriate clothes.
Recommended Items to Bring:
Camera, Binoculars, extra clothes to wear on the way home if you get wet and for dinner after.
A small cooler if you wish, NO glass containers permitted on the river.
Event Directions: Please see the map at this link: http://www.n-georgia.com/pdf/nps-bowmans-island.pdf The meeting place is at the P at the top of the map off the unnamed road at the WEST end of the bridge across the top of the dam. DO NOT go to the Island Ford parking! Using a GPS put in Buford Dam Road and pay attention. Parking fees ($3) are required, or the use of a yearly CRNA pass. A parking pass of $3.00 is required at Abbott’s Bridge CRNA as well. So wherever your car ends up you need a parking pass or $3.00
From Northbound Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
• Left onto Suwanee Dam Road 6.2 miles to Buford Dam Road.
• Left on Buford Dam Road .5 miles to Lower Park entrance just across the dam.
• Left into the entrance to the Lower Park and Ramp.
From northbound US 19 and GA 400
• Take exit 14 (GA State Road 20/Cumming Hwy)
• Left at third light, which will be Nuckolles Road.
• The road will dead-end into Buford Dam Road, turn right.
• Approximately 5 miles to west end of Dam
• Right onto un-named road to Lower Park Ramp and parking.
Directions from Bowman Island to Abbotts Bridge: if you have a GPS…use this address….4579 Abbotts Bridge Road, Duluth. But here is a short cut. You get out of the park and make a right onto Buford Dam Road. Travel a little more than a mile and make a right onto Suwanee Dam Road. Travel 6.6 miles and make a right onto Peachtree Industrial Blvd., travel 6.3 miles and make a right onto Abbotts Bridge Road…make a left into CRNA after .7 mile. Total is 15 miles 25-30 minutes. After dropping off cars we will shuttle back to Bowman’s in as few vehicles as possible.
DINNER AFTER: DINNER AFTER: La Consuela Mexican Rest, 4219 Pleasant Hill Rd Duluth, GA 30096 (770) 623-6026. When you come out of the take out at Abbotts Bridge, make a right back to PIB, make a right and then make a right on Pleasant Hill...its just up the street.